ANNA HOMLER is a vocal, visual and performance artist based in Los Angeles. She has performed and exhibited her work in venues around the world. With a sensibility that is both ancient and post-modern, Homler sings in an improvised melodic language. Her work explores alternative means of communication and the poetics of ordinary things. She creates perceptual interventions by using language as music and objects as instruments.
Performance Magazine says, “The work is transportive, mesmerizing, witty, sexy and intelligent. It has the power to transform the kitsch artifacts and consumer culture into something ethereal, surreal and beautiful.”
“…disconcertingly bewitching” — Cadence
Since 1982 she has collaborated in America with composer/musicians Steve Moshier, Jorge Martin, David Moss, Ethan James, Steve Roden; and in Europe, with the Voices of Kwahn, Steve Beresford, Peter Kowald, Richard Sanderson, Geert Waegeman, and Sylvia Hallett, among others.
Anna Homler will be joined by percussionist Breeze Smith.
“Drums, percussion, instrument maker/designer, educator . . improviser
Working in solo and ensemble formats in Europe & the U.S.
Ellen Burr, Dwight Trible, Steuart Liebig, Billy Childs, John Beasley, Anna Homler, David Ornette Cherry, Rod Poole, Hannibal Lakumbe, String Planet, Roberto Miranda, Justo Amario, Ralph “Buzzy” Jones, Yuval Ron, Tadashi Namba; this is a warm list of artists that I am so grateful to have performed along side in the vast realm of the musical arts.
Through deeper studies in Ethnomusicology, I facilitate sound guided meditations with a myriad of gongs, singing bowls and eclectic percussion.
Modern Dance accompaniment is also an area that has made it possible for me to create many performances with the Ohio State University Dance Dept. Among them, with my wife, Cheryl Banks-Smith, famed dancer with Sun Ra, Peter Kowald, Cecil Taylor and Dianne MacIntyre.
In 1998 I was a guest artist at the “NOW” festival at Capital Universities Music Conservatory. Here I performed on five of my own sound sculptures which led to 3 commissioned sound sculptures privately owned.
2004 solo, self produced CD, “SightSoundingBackDrops+8” 2 tracks went on to be film scores – Also 3 recording projects with brother, Stan Smith: “Pathways” “Silent Memories” and “In Tadashi’s Room” www.stansmithguitar.com
I am honored to be creating new music with Oz in our duo: ComfortZone – with Oz on Chapman Stick. Also a trio with Tony Green – basses & Susan Costantini-Green – piano/keys
I worked with the non profit, STAR Education, Inc., as director of World Percussion, Woodworking and Special Events. www.starinc.org”